Why I Attended Campus Day and Why You Should, Too

Get a glimpse of campus life as a newly admitted student.

By Madeleine Lee March 8, 2022
Why I Attended Campus Day and Why You Should, Too

Campus Day is an exciting opportunity for admitted students to take a tour of University of Michigan’s campus and to learn more about student life, housing, and financial aid from current U-M students and faculty. When you attend Campus Day, there is a full agenda ahead of you so that you can maximize your campus visit and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a Wolverine!

As a newly admitted student, my impression of U-M was limited to what I read on the university website, images from brochures that I received in the mail, and comments from alumni family members and friends. While these resources were all incredibly helpful in learning about the university, I had not yet had the opportunity to immerse myself in the campus and envision what it would be like to actually go there. Campus Day was my opportunity to do just that.

Here are some of the reasons why I attended Campus Day, and why you should, too!

Get to experience what it’s like to be on campus

Campus Day was the first opportunity I had to get a glimpse of campus life as a newly admitted student. Walking through the Diag, going in and out of the student buildings, and seeing the campus environment for myself helped me form a fuller picture of U-M that went well beyond the images I had seen on the U-M website and in brochures I perused beforehand. I saw current students make their way around campus and even talked to a few while I was there.

When you visit any campus, you may notice small things about the campus that inadvertently reveal what you are looking for in your ideal college. Do you like the weather? Is the campus active or slow-paced, and which do you prefer? Are there things to do outside of the university campus? When visiting campus, I liked how Ann Arbor is a lively, vibrant college town with many restaurants, activities, and sights that were within walking distance from the heart of campus.

UM campus
A normally bustling spot on campus that connects several student buildings and is only a walk away from some well-known Ann Arbor eating spots!

Hear from current U-M students about their experiences

The Campus Day student panel was my favorite part of the day. A small group of students who represented different majors, years, and hometowns answered questions about student life and offered advice on how to make the most of the college experience. I enjoyed hearing their perspectives because their answers were authentic and provided insight into the daily lives of students at U-M. Each student demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for their college experiences, which made me feel excited about the idea of being a Michigan student myself. These conversations were informative, fun, and relaxed. Students and families were given the opportunity to ask questions to the student panel, too.

Get a taste of Michigan Dining

As a part of the Campus Day experience, attendees are offered lunch at one of the university’s seven campus dining halls. You can scope out one of the most active (and important) places on campus for first-year students. During Campus Day, I went to Mosher-Jordan dining hall, also known as “MoJo.” This is by far my favorite dining hall. It is a beautiful and spacious eating area that overlooks Palmer Field and has many tasty meals to choose from. I was able to try some new foods when I came to college because of MoJo’s diverse food options, like the fish, sauteed greens, and sweet potato shown below!

Plate of food at Campus Day lunch
Lunch during Campus Day.

Learn more about your specific school or college 

At the end of Campus Day, attendees are invited to learn more about their specific school or college. I am a student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), so I joined students who were also accepted into this college. During this session, I learned more about the academic requirements, program benefits, and available learning opportunities in LSA. This session was smaller and more personalized, allowing me to connect with other admitted students and their own Campus Day experiences so far.

Admitted students: To sign up for Campus Day, you can visit your Enrollment Connect page to choose a date that works best for you to make the trip to Ann Arbor. Visit the Campus Day webpage to learn more information about the event.

Celebrate your acceptance and hard work by scheduling a Campus Day visit! After Campus Day is over, feel free to explore campus on your own by eating lunch at one of Ann Arbor’s amazing restaurants, visiting the University of Michigan Museum of Art for free, snapping fun photos at the Diag, the Cube, and Michigan Wings, and stopping by M-Den for some U-M swag. Wishing you and your family a fun Campus Day, and Go Blue!

Madeleine Lee
Madeleine Lee

Madeleine Lee is a senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with plans to work at the intersection of health and social justice. Outside of the classroom, she conducts research at the Kellogg Eye Center and is a member of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association. She is an Ann Arbor native, and in her free time, you can find her running, solving crossword puzzles, or making playlists.